Creating economic opportunities for the country's young people through science, technology and innovation is the agenda for the Department's first youth indaba taking place at the CSIR on 9 and 10 June.

Taking place in June, Youth Month, the Youth Indaba is targeting youth entrepreneurs, young grassroots innovators, captains of industry and youth in higher education.

The Department of Science and Technology expects over 300 young people to attend the event.

The two-day indaba will provide a platform young people to share their ideas and to also seek funding from government and the private sector.

Minister Pandor will open the indaba, which will also be attended by interest groups from various sectors in the country, including business, research and policy development.

The media are invited as follows:

DAY ONE
Date:    9 June 2017
Venue:    CSIR International Convention Centre

Round-table discussion: Creating economic opportunities for youth through STI
08:00-09:00
•    Ms Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology.
•    Mr Thapelo Maleke, the President of the South African Youth Chamber of Commerce.
•    Mr Thulani Tshefuta, President of the South African Youth Council.
•    Ms Bridget Evans, Director of the SAB Foundation.
•    Mr Khathutshelo Ramokumba, CEO of the National Youth Development Agency.

Opening ceremony
09:00-10:30

Parallel sessions
11:00-16:00
•    Enabling STI policy
•    Youth in STI communication.
•    Grassroots innovation.
•    Youth in technology businesses.
•    Youth in research and development.
•    Responsive innovation support and funding instruments.

DAY 2: YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR PITCHING TRAINING
Date:    10 June 2017
Time:    09:00-12:00
Venue:    CSIR International Convention Centre

Lunch will be served at 12:30 on both days.

Issued by the Department of Science and Technology.

RSVP: David Mandaha at 072 126 8910 or Veronica Mohapeloa at 083 400 5750.

Enquiries: Lunga Ngqengelele at 082 566 0446.